Rise of the Tomb Raider - PC Edition
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It's rare that a game does so much so well, and with only a few missteps, Rise of the Tomb Raider is destined to be one of the most recommendable PC games this year.
Though Rise of the Tomb Raider wastes little time in getting Lara into the thick of a brand new adventure, it's still burdened by much of its predecessor's baggage.
Assuming you have the hardware to back it up, Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC is hands down the version to own.
Like its predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider is fun, but many of the flaws have been ironed out. A few new shortcomings were introduced, but not nearly enough to really hinder the gameplay experience. There's certainly plenty to like, and not a whole lot to dislike, but having Lara pushed to the back after such a strong performance in the initial title may leave players feeling underwhelmed and dissatisfied. It's definitely worth picking up… once it's part of a Complete Edition at a reasonable price and with all the content.
I loved my time with the original release and I soon found myself loving it all over again on PC. Rise of the Tomb Raider continues improving upon the new formula that was created in the last game, but here we feel that Lara really is becoming a tomb raider.
[A]s an eternally smug PC owner, I'm proud to say nabbing Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC is clearly the best course of action. It's everything the old Tomb Raider games were and now so much richer, more detailed, more involved, more dramatic, and just way more fun. It's also just as enjoyable to watch being played as it is to play itself – a true interactive movie.
In many ways Rise of the Tomb Raider is a difficult game to review. It's a predictable experience, but it's one which does improve on its predecessor, no matter how small the improvement. It's a safe evolution then, and one that fans of the last game will be able to go in confidently, knowing they'll like it. One day the fairy dust will wear off, but for now, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a glittering spectacle of what cinematic third-person adventure games can be.
Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't very different from its predecessor, which is not necessarily a bad thing, since the core is solid. Expect more gun-toting heroism, crazy cults, and supernatural oddities.
Lara Croft's Siberian adventure was a treat for the eyes before, but it's is even lovelier viewed on a moderately equipped PC
A bevy of incredible technical advancements offer vast improvements in some areas and minor ones in others. With a highly variable framerate, it's clear more optimization is needed, but the game is highly playable on a variety of settings and hardware levels. The Xbox One version is no slouch, but if you've got the kit to run it, this is the ultimate edition you've been waiting for.